FreeNAS - ZFS for Home and Office

Room 3
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Data is on everyone's mind. Home users want to keep their memories secure, stream media and handle other tasks without building a data center. Business want confidentiality, integrity and availability at enterprise and web scale. Both want it robust, easy to manage and most of all, secure.

ZFS provides all these features. FreeNAS makes them easy to manage. Both are open source.

FreeNAS is an appliance distribution of FreeBSD for network attached storage. It supports NFS, AppleTalk (with Time Machine) and Windows shares. Out of the box FreeNAS comes with services for ssh, rsync, WebDAV, FTP, TFTP and more. It has plugins for Bacula, BTSync, OwnCloud, Plex Media Server (and more). But best of all, it's built on ZFS.

ZFS might be Sun's most important, and certainly lasting legacy to the *nix community. ZFS is an integrated filesystem and logical volume manager with copy-on-write snapshots, clones, file compression, integrity checking, replication to remote servers, data de-duplication and software RAID configurable with up to 3 parity disks. And for the paranoid (and who isn't?)...disk-level encryption.

All these features are wrapped-up neatly in an easy-to-use point-and-click web interface for those who have other things to do...with all the power that comes with having ssh access to an enterprise-ready OS under the hood.

In this talk we'll look at hardware requirements, features and use of ZFS and how FreeNAS brings all this power to low-cost commodity hardware with an open-source license. We'll also discuss briefly TrueNAS, FreeNAS's big brother, for the large-scale data center.

Aaron Poffenberger, CISSP, has more than 17 years experience developing commercial software. Aaron has developed security and auditing software for PentaSafe Security Technologies, NetIQ and now BRS Labs, Inc. Aaron has also worked in the field of web services and streaming media, most recently for The Anime Network.

At BRS Labs Aaron leads development of the AISight 5.x SCADA driver as well as the AISight Core Technologies API and SDK."